The Ivy Hotel
What We Love
- California king beds in every room
- The hotel’s sumptuous cosmopolitan bistro, Magdalena—one of Baltimore’s best
- Its prestigious Mount Vernon location
- Every room is furnished with a collection of classic novels, best enjoyed by the fireplace
What To Know
- The hotel car is readily available to take guests anywhere across the city, free of charge
- Bringing your pet along? The property thoughtfully provides crates, beds, and even walking services
- Breakfast and high tea is included in the rate
- Guests are treated to a historical property tour upon arrival
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
It took a five-year renovation to transform this former banker’s residence, a Gilded Age mansion in Baltimore’s most prized locale, into a breathtaking establishment. With an enviable collection of vintage books, a 19th-century pool table, and stained-glass windows, there are scores of antiques to sift through during your stay—though we wouldn’t fault you for hunkering down in your stately digs, with views of Mount Vernon’s signature slate roofs, and snuggling up by the petite fireplace instead. When you’re ready to venture out, you’ll have your pick of revered neighborhood hot spots like the symphony hall or the Maryland Historical Society (home to the original copy of “The Star-Spangled Banner”). For a trip to the Inner Harbor, a 15-minute ride away, summon the hotel’s private car service.
No two rooms are alike at this esoteric property, though all come with canopy beds and cashmere blankets. The hotel’s very inclusive amenity policy means in-room perks, like the generously stocked minibar filled with local brews and sweet treats by Californian confectioner TCHO, are included as part of your stay.
Sample global bistro fare (Korean-style wagyu flank steak; shaved truffle risotto topped with a poached and fried egg) in one of five dining spaces at the hotel’s fine-dining spot, Magdalena. Whether you’re feasting in the Garden Room surrounded by potted plants and courtyard views or the spacious Wine Cellar, your surroundings will be as cultured as the cuisine.
Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood makes the perfect backdrop for this old-school stunner. Just north of downtown, Mount Vernon, the city’s cultural nucleus, is a classy succession of cobblestoned streets and a slew of museums and galleries.
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We can't thank Amber, Michael (MJ), James, Sierra, Nina, Simon, Grace, Karen, Ahmed, Arnau/Arnold and the host of wonderful staff who made sure our 10th wedding anniversary stay was a treasurable one. The service, food (Magdelena Restaurant is Michelin star level!), suite/room quality, amenities (open snacks and bar in-room and hotel lounges). Our jobs and personal travel have taken us around the world, and we are confident that the Ivy offers a world class experience. Stay here! Dine here! Play here! You'll have no regrets.
For me, the Ivy was a fantastic one-night retreat where everything had been thought of, and I could truly enjoy being in a present state of mind. The hotel and its rooms were warm and luxurious, where I was able to rest and work very comfortably. I enjoyed the complementary tea time, wine and cheese, minibar, open bar, and delicious breakfast. I had a fabulous time reading about renovated historic properties in Baltimore, talking to the staff about the history of the hotel, and completing a handmade jigsaw puzzle. With all of its service and luxury, everyone is extremely kind and down to earth, and I truly felt a sense of belonging. As someone who is always planning and looking ahead, I want and worry for nothing when I stay at the Ivy. If you ever need a short time away from your obligations, this is where you need to go. Thank you to everyone at the Ivy for cultivating an experience that allowed me to rest, lift my spirits, and truly enjoy the present.
For the third year seventeen of our family members celebrated Thanksgiving together last evening at The Ivy. Rob Arthur, the General Manager, greeted us warmly. This hotel runs so smoothly in every possible way because of Rob.
If you have any event Anna Price, Group Sales Manager, is a delight and detailed oriented and your event will be flawless. I loved working with her in planning 24 hours and she was as enthusiastic as I was and did not drop the ball on anything. She knows what she is doing and is a jewel for The Ivy.
We arrived at noon and everyone checked in to rooms. 15 and 16 then 9 and 10, 12 and 4. 13 adults and 4 kiddos. My husband and I had suite 18 and are now even more spoiled then we were in all the other rooms we have been lucky to be in. Is there a "bad" room? Absolutely not. We specifically chose our room so that four grandchildren ages 2-9 could have a slumber party. More about that later.
High Tea was served to 11 of us at 1. Scones with vanilla whipped cream, lemon curd and freshly made jam. Salmon tea sandwiches and famous cheese ones as well. A selection of little sweet tarts and to top it off chocolates. We all have sweet tooths so I asked ahead of time for more sweets. Adults chose teas and the most popular tea was gingerbread, perfect for holidays. Children were served hot chocolate.
My four son in laws and husband went to our suite which room service had set up with a bucket of beer and diet coke and snacks to watch the games. I learned though that the guys they missed the wings from prior years so I will remember next time to add them! They are fabulous and go with football better than any other food. :)
Many jewels to add at this point. Simon the concierge who accommodated us so well from start to finish of our stay is terrific. James relieved Simon for the evening. A treat indeed. James in addition to concierge does all the floral arrangements in the hotel. Beautiful. Donnie, tall, friendly and funny oversaw our tea. Amber and Sierra
as well. Their attention to guests and kind demeanor make every meal and exchange so pleasant. 5 jewels more on the crown. The sixth jewel is Anthony, my friend of three years is the Supervisor. It is easy to see why. I've observed him coaching very quietly with respect and humility. Anthony has a big job and a unique blend of a small ego and tremendous humility and kindness. He is so well thought of by guests and The Ivy staff. Anthony is the first person I met three years ago and it would not be an Ivy stay without Anthony. I would miss him too much.
On to more jewels...Emmanuel, Marty, Jen and Dottie all of Magdalena the fine restaurant in The Ivy. Our family was in the Treasury Room. We had three tables...kids, their 8 parents at another table and my generation at the next table. This was the first year of prix fixed menu of turkey, haddock, steak and crab cakes. Oysters on the half shell for an appetizer were a hit and with 3 fresh pies with ice cream and whipped cream who could complain? Certainly not us. Chef outdid himself as did the Pastry Chef. This year Magdalena opened to the public for Thanksgiving. It was fun for us to hear the buzz in the dining room. Very festive.
After dinner the children in jammies came to our suite. During dinner our room was set up with little robes and slippers, crib and books for all ages.
Once Frozen started cold milk was poured and freshly baked warm chocolate cookies were eaten. Not a kale in sight for this crew. For our little guy a pack n play was provided.
Breakfast was back in the Treasury Room. What a way to have a send off. Rich coffee pours abundantly. Highlights? Everything. I never miss Lemon pancakes, French toast on brioche, fresh fruit with grapefruit on top. And . I always have a croissant...A stay is worth the breakfast alone. Anthony, Sierra and Amber took such care of us.
I met a couple brand new to The Ivy who loved their stay and had one more night. I feel so attached to The Ivy and love it so that it is a joy that more people are sharing in the Crown of the Ivy filled with so many brilliant jewels.
This is truly a wonderful 360 degree experience of luxury and hospitality - the pride from all the staff members (Anthony, Karen, Achmed, Simon, Valet members, and everyone....) to present their highest level of standard is clear right away upon arrival and then throughout the entire stay. In addition to exceptional service, all the meals from the restaurants (including room service) were prepared flawlessly with exquisite flavors, tastes, and textures that were always presented to perfection. We are definitely regulars for life; we knew that The Ivy Hotel would be our future retreat 12 months ago during our first stay when we brought our three young children - to this day that idea still holds firmly true.
Just returned from an incredible weekend stay at the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in! I've never been much of a boutique hotel type, but The Ivy Hotel has opened my eyes. First of all, the place is gorgeous and so comfortable. The reception area (completer with champagne), the various parlors and, of course, the rooms are impeccably decorated. The entire staff knows your name when you arrive! You're greeted personally throughout your stay, by the best trained staff that's also obviously proud to work at this fine property. Shout out to Achmed, Anthony and Simon and the others (whose names I cannot recall), all of whom saw to every detail and made us feel welcome and valued. This place also has a hotel car that's actually available for use because there's only 16 other guests. (Do you know how many times I've been told about the "hotel car" at other places only to discover it's never available for me??) Breakfast (included, like everything else it seems) was sumptuous and a delicious gastronomic event. A memorable experience all-around and the perfect choice for a romantic getaway.